Hardcover. Oblong format. 20.5 x 30 cm. With over 500 images, this album grants the viewer an inside look into a privileged, white, American woman's world during the heady days of the early 1920's. Ruth Calvin Goodkind (1903-1958) lived outside of Chicago with her brother and her parents (her father was a doctor). Ruth attended Vassar, in Poughkeepsie, NY. Founded in 1861, Vassar was the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States. A quarter of the images depict student life at Vassar, including a trip to West Point, athletic events, marching band, picnics, plays, ceremonies, buildings and grounds, and dorm life. The remaining three-quarters of the images include many trips to the American West. There are approximately 200 images of Glacier Park,Montana, which include scenes of camping, hiking, scenic views and vistas; Native Americans (Blackfoot), cowboys, horses, and dude ranch life. Ruth visited Wyoming and the IXL ranch, approximately 40 images, where she met the author Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958). Other images include Camp Hanoum, Mt Rainier, Colorado Estes Park, Sand Dunes, Logan Falls, Santa Barbara (San Ysidro Ranch), Chicago, and Kentucky. Sizes of the photos vary from 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" to 3 1/2" x 5 3/4" with a few larger photos and two articles pasted in. Six photos are loose, all of the American West.
Ruth married James F. Calvin, a rancher, in 1928 and they lived in Cerrillos, New Mexico. Records indicate Ruth continued to travel throughout her life. Binding cord absent, unbound, covers worn, photos in very good condition. Black boards. Good. Item #3419